DENVER, Colo. (KUSA-TV) – A new law that would ban declawing cats will go into effect immediately in Denver after it unanimously passed during a Denver City Council meeting Monday.
A bill to ban cat declawing in #Denver was given final approval by City Council. Watch the meeting on Denver 8.
— Denver City Council (@DenCityCouncil) November 14, 2017
Declawing, or onychectomy, is the operation to remove an animal’s claws surgically.
Veterinarians say that all or most of the last bone of each of the ten front toes is removed, and tendons, nerves and ligaments that allow for normal function of the paw are severed.
Denver veterinarian Aubrey Lavizzo previously told KUSA-TV that the operation is not only painful for cats, but also leads to behavioral issues that pet owners find challenging, like using the bathroom in unwanted places.
Denver is the first city outside of California to enforce a declawing ban. Declawing is also prohibited in the cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Berkeley, Beverly Hills, Culver City, West Hollywood, and Burbank.